Tenant rights when dealing with mold
Posted in Mold Removal, on February 13, 2014
We have numerous of calls from tenants who done DIY mold inspections in Toronto have found some mold in their unit and want it removed. Some have great landlords who hire the right contractor to safely remove mold, but some have landlords who want to find the cheapest solution, and hire a handyman, painter or try and remove it themselves to save a dollar or two. Many landlords will also attempt to rid themselves from being liable of the cost to remove and remediate mold by blaming the tenant for being at fault. Determining who’s at fault for mold growth can nearly be impossible. The source or cause of the mold growth can be determined by the living conditions and needs to be fixed or addressed to ensure no more mold growth or future mold growth occurs.
What Should I Do If I Rent And Find Mold
Okay, let’s get right to it. If you rent an apartment and find mold in it, what should you do?
The first step is to contact your landlord immediately to discuss the matter. Then, you need to take photographs of the mold and the affected areas. If you have a friend who can help you, have them assist you with this task.
When taking pictures, avoid close ups of the mold itself, as those will not be helpful to the landlord or anyone else involved in making a decision. Instead, take pictures that show the extent of the mold in other parts of the unit or building. You may want to take pictures from different angles to capture the scope of the issue.
Mold can be a major issue for renters and for landlords who are responsible for the safety of the living conditions. At Canada's Restoration Services (CRS), we want to make sure you know what your rights are in finding and how to go about booking mold removal in Toronto.
Reasons For Mold Growth
Molds grow almost anywhere there is moisture. Mold grows best in humid places--such as bathrooms, kitchens and basements. Common places where people see mold are behind walls, under floors (such as in basements or crawl spaces), near leaky pipes or windows and near areas with standing water. Mold can be difficult to see because it can grow on surfaces that are covered with dirt or dust.
What Happens If Your Landlord Won’t Pay For Mold Removal in Toronto
When dealing with those harder to deal with landlords that do not want to do anything, we as a professional company, cannot enter the property nor can we do any work in the home without the property owner’s permission. When confronted with such situation we recommend the tenant to their provincial laws and regulation regarding tenant and landlord. In every province the laws between a Tenant and a Landlord vary. For those in Ontario, you can find the answers to most of your questions here about tenant and landlord responsibility. So if you do have mold, and your landlord is willing to comply and hire the right professional to remove mold, give us a call and we’ll get your home back and give you clean air to breathe.
If the landlord doesn't take care of the mold, you may have to move out. If the mold comes from a leak or another problem that the landlord is responsible for, he must fix it. Even if it's not dangerous mold and it's not very big, the law says the landlord has to fix it.